Friday, May 09, 2008

That there are just x plus 1 themes, that a story has a prime of 7 characters; that all editing is iteration- you clean up till the incremental effort is no longer worth your time; that is Manil Suri’s take on the connect in writing and maths. (Mumbai Mirror, May 7)

Somehow one has viewed tales as patterns, aberrations or breaks in pattern really, a delta on the normal, the expected, and the liberty to spin a yarn on the reasons thereof. Is there a connect between biology and writing?

11 comments:

Portia said...

Absolutely! I think it is in the blood. Like any other artist, I believe writers write because they must express those feelings that would otherwise ferment and burst into confusion, or what have you.

Portia said...

I suppose writers express more than just their feelings. But I still say they simply must.
:)

sathya said...

Hi Aust,
With iteration, delta, prime numbers. x plus one ... i would think it is Math and writing :)

Sathya

AmitL said...

Hi,Austy..yup..writing (and reading,too) runs in the blood...comparing writing with maths,though..*muses*...well,I add to my knowledge/vocab,subtract the negative thoughts,multiply the happy thoughts, divide my tensions,courtesy writing,especially on blogs!

Arunima said...

i think so cos they say it is in the genes and it is Biology. :-)

CRUSTYBEEF said...

I'm not so good with math, so I'll stick with saying writing..hearing the words prime and X works me up in a tissy!!

Always,
Elizabeth

Quin Browne said...

i don't know.

my father was brilliant in maths, he taught me to never go anywhere without a book, yet, he hated to have to write.

i look at anything with numbers and shudder in fear.

words... i wish i could put them on a huge bed and roll in them.

Baby Island said...

Numbers, the bane of my existance. This existance that had me working in stocks and trading for a good 6 years...

Thankfully I realized I needed something less numberical and more creative, although how I ended up writing at a site that make me COUNT sentences is ironic.

:)

Baby Island said...

*Numerical* forgive my spelling, Minions are screaming.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

more wars and during prayers,..I'm sorry to have read this awful thing that occurred today.
My support to your land.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth

Quin Browne said...

wartime prayers, in every language spoken....


mine will be added.